Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019

For investors, by investors

Africa’s early stage investor community convened on November 13-15 for the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019. This exclusive investor-only event, hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, united 330+ key ecosystem stakeholders from across the continent and beyond, to exchange best practices, learn from peers and recent transactions, and do deals.

We hope to see you at #AESIS2020 and don’t forget to follow this page for future announcements!




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Why attend

The African startup ecosystem is on the move. Not only are the number of ventures growing, but the quality of the businesses is improving. Never before has the pipeline of African innovation been so investible. And where talent leads the way, money is close to follow. More than 60 angel networks are setting up across the continent and a growing class of Africa-focused VC investors is backing and scaling up the best of the best. Once a year, this community of industry leaders comes together to share best practices and to learn from peers. The best companies are invited to join this meeting as talent and capital collide.

  • 300+ leaders from the Africa startup, innovation and investment industry
  • The latest trends, insights and industry research
  • Workshops and masterclasses for investors by investors
  • Exclusive networking and co-investment opportunities
  • Option to nominate startups in your portfolio to attend this event
  • Informal investor experiences, Rooftop dinner and Cape Town Innovation Tour
  • Summit pass gives access to partner events including Africa Investment Forum and AfricaCom/AUHB

A rich networking experiences with a highly focused yet varied program. Lovely Waterfront Cape Town with views of table mountain.

2019 speakers

Headlining the Summit are renown international and local investors – with leading African angels and VC fund managers. Speakers include:

Papa Amadou Sarr
Senegalese Ministry for Entrepreneurship

Adedana Ashebir
Village Capital

Clive Butkow
Kalon Venture Partners

Jocelyn Cheng
Global Innovation Fund

Llew Claasen
Newtown Partners

Lauren Cochran
Blue Haven Initiative

Emanuele Colonnelli
University of Chicago

Paul Cook
Silvertree Holdings

Tomi Davies
ABAN + Lagos Angel Network

Marieme Diop
Orange Digital Ventures

Mike Ducker
J.E. Austin Associates

Rebecca Enonchong
ABAN + Cameroon Angels

Ike Eze
Beta Ventures

Alexandra Fraser
ABAN + Dazzle Angels

Olivier Furdelle
Teranga Capital

Zachariah George

Dario Giuliani
Briter Bridges

Ketso Gordhan

Stephen Gugu
ABAN + Viktoria Ventures

Elizabeth Howard
African Crowdfunding Association

Khaled Ismail

Tom Jackson
Disrupt Africa

Yemi Keri
Rising Tide Africa

Julia Kho
Triple Jump

Philip Kiracofe
Startupbootcamp AfriTech

Max Klenner
GreenTec Capital Partners

Luke Krueger
Valhalla Capital

Kenza Lahlou
Outlierz Ventures

Mike Mompi
Enza Capital

Marnix Mulder
Triple Jump

Gabriella Mulligan
Disrupt Africa

Anne Njuki
DOB Equity

Hetal Patel
Mercy Corps Ventures

Aunnie Patton Power
Intelligent Impact

Adenike Sanusi

Charles Sidman
ECS Capital Partners

Herman Singh
Future Advisory

Boldewijn Sloet
Africa Tech Ventures

Jaap Spreeuwenberg
Hivos Impact Investments

Louise Stuart

Ido Sum
TLcom Capital Partners

Lyndsey Vandament
Global Partnerships

Pieter de Villiers

Keet van Zyl
Knife Capital

Summit program

Wednesday – November 13

Series of investor masterclasses and workshops at Workshop 17 (17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront). A more informal day that builds on peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and best practice sharing among participants, with leading investors facilitating the masterclasses. There will be 2 knowledge tracks dedicated to angel investors (half day) and fund managers (full day) + the ABAN annual general meeting. Facilitators are a cross-section of international trainers and local investors. New this year are ‘Office Hours with LPs’. The objective is to help facilitate conversations between LPs and fund managers in board-room style rooms at our event space.

On Wednesday evening, speakers, key partners and guests will be invited for informal investor experiences to meet and connect in an intimate setting. This is your chance to discover the city like the locals do!

Thursday – November 14

Full day Summit at Workshop 17 (17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront), including networking breakfast. The day will be filled with relevant keynotes, fireside chats and roundtable conversations examining how to unlock the potential of early stage companies across the continent, while building value for investors and shareholders.

Following the success from the last two Summits, raising more than USD 20 million in venture capital funding, we are proud to present the VC4A Venture Showcase – SeriesA, featuring 12 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent looking to raise between $250K and $5M. The scale-ups will be invited to pitch on stage as well as to engage with interested investors in more intimate ‘deepdive’ breakout sessions.

On Thursday evening, we invite Summit attendees and the investment community from across the continent for the investor dinner at Nasdak Rooftop Venue (26th floor, Media24 Centre) hosted by our event partner Naspers. Where we will be celebrating our successes over the past year and to close the event. This provides another opportunity for our community to strengthen their networks, build new relationships and spend more time with entrepreneurs and co-investors.

Friday – November 15 (optional)

Cape Town Innovation Tour, organized together with our event partner UK SA Tech Hub, featuring insightful visits to key startup hubs, accelerator programs and scale-ups around the peninsula.


08:00 Registration open + walk in coffee at Workshop17
09:00 Word of welcome
Angel track Masterclasses for aspiring and new angels

09:05 – 09:45 Angel investing fundamentals
Profile Photo Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
Profile Photo Abu Bakr Cassim, Jozi Angels

09:45 – 10:30 Managing your portfolio
Profile Photo Khaled Ismail, ABAN + HIMAngel
Profile Photo Boldewijn Sloet, Africa Tech Ventures

10:30 – 11:00 Network break

11:00 – 11:45 Legal masterclass for early stage investors
Profile Photo Joshua Janks, Bowmans
Profile Photo Kate Beretta, Bowmans
Profile Photo Charles Sidman, ECS Capital Partners

11:45 – 12:30 Mentor driven capital
Profile Photo Bertil van Vugt, VC4A
Profile Photo Stephen Gugu, Viktoria Ventures

Fund manager track Fund manager training
In partnership with JE Austin Associates + AfriLabs + Valhalla Private Capital, supported by AfDB.
Profile Photo Mike Ducker, J.E. Austin Associates
Profile Photo Tanya van Lill, SAVCA

09:05 – 10:30 Early stage fund mathematics
Profile Photo Luke Krueger, Valhalla Capital

10:30 – 11:00 Network break

11:00 – 12:30 Building (and raising) an early stage fund
Profile Photo Eghosa Omoigui, EchoVC

12:30 Lunch
Angel track 13:30 – 15:00 ABAN Annual General Meeting Part 1

15:00 – 15:30 Network break

15:30 – 17:00 ABAN Annual General Meeting Part 2

Fund manager track Fund manager training
In partnership with JE Austin Associates + AfriLabs + Valhalla Private Capital, supported by AfDB.

13:30 – 15:00 Crowdfunding (and lending)
Profile Photo Elizabeth Howard, African Crowdfunding Association

15:00 – 15:30 Network break

15:30 – 17:00 Alternative investment structures
Profile Photo Aunnie Patton Power, Intelligent Impact

17:00 Informal investor experiences


08:00 Registration & Network breakfast
09:00 Opening remarks
Profile Photo David van Dijk, ABAN
09:05 Opening keynote
Welcome keynote
Profile Photo Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
09:15 Opening keynote
Opening keynote
Profile Photo Ben White, VC4A
09:25 Live #AESIS2019 event app demo
Profile Photo Thomas van Halen, VC4A
09:35 Opening panel
Taking stock: Understanding the current Investment Climate in Africa
Profile Photo Johann Choux, Proparco
Profile Photo Rebecca Enonchong, ABAN+Cameroon Angels
Profile Photo Ketso Gordhan, SA SME Fund
Profile PhotoLouise Stuart, Naspers
Profile Photo Keet van Zyl (moderator), Knife Capital
10:25 Fireside chat
An African success story unpacked
Profile Photo Pieter de Villiers, SiMODiSA, Clickatell
Profile Photo Mike Mompi, moderator, Enza Capital
11:00 Network break
11:30 Special announcements
11:40 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
6 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent pitching on stage, all looking to raise their Series A round between $250K and $5M. More information about the selected companies here.
Brimore Egypt
LifeBank Nigeria
Mobiz South Africa
Yassir Algeria
CrowdForce Nigeria
FlexClub South Africa
Investor judges:
Profile Photo Clive Butkow, Kalon Venture Partners
Profile Photo Kenza Lahlou, Outlierz Ventures
Profile Photo Ido Sum, TLcom Capital Partners
12:10 Parallel sessions
VC4A Venture Showcase – Investor deep dive sessions
Got sparked by one of the pitches? This is your chance as an investor to engage with the founders and get a better sense on the business they are building in 6 separate breakaway sessions.


Lessons learned from investing in early stage companies
In partnership with event partner DGGF.
Profile Photo Julia Kho, DGGF
Profile Photo Marnix Mulder, DGGF
Profile Photo Marième Diop, Orange Digital Ventures
Profile Photo Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
Profile Photo Simunza Muyangana, BongoHive Innovations
Profile Photo Alex Fraser (moderator), Dazzle Angels

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Parallel sessions

Investor panel
Unpacking the success stories – what makes investing in Africa work
Profile Photo Paul Cook, Silvertree Holdings
Profile Photo Ian Lessem, HAVAIC
Profile Photo Eghosa Omoigui, EchoVC
Profile Photo Yassine Oussaifi, AfricInvest
Profile Photo Danai Musandu (moderator), HPE Growth


Ecosystem panel
Enabling Africa success – the company builders
Profile Photo Max Klenner, GreenTec Capital Partners
Profile Photo Anne Njuki, DOB Equity
Profile Photo Ashwin Ravichandran, MEST
Profile Photo Johan Bosini, Quona Capital
Profile Photo Zach George (moderator), Startupbootcamp Africa


Angel investor roundtable
Growing angel investing in Ghana and Kenya – part 1
In partnership with event parter Tech Entrepreneur Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’.
Profile Photo Stephen Gugu (moderator), Viktoria Ventures

14:45 Parallel sessions

Ecosystem panel
Exits oh exits, where art thou?
Profile Photo Llew Claasen, Newtown Partners
Profile Photo Lauren Cochran, Blue Haven Initiative
Profile PhotoHerman Singh, Future Advisory
Profile Photo Carl Wazen, Yoco
Profile Photo Adedana Ashebir (moderator), Village Capital


Investor panel
Making it work for everyone – inclusivity – going beyond the usual suspects
Profile Photo Olivier Furdelle, Teranga Capital
Profile Photo Lyndsey Vandament, Global Partnerships
Profile Photo Hetal Patel, Mercy Corps Ventures
Profile Photo Jaap Spreeuwenberg, Hivos Impact Investments
Profile Photo Vuyisa Qabaka (moderator), HYBR Group


Angel investor roundtable
Growing angel investing in Ghana and Kenya – part 2
In partnership with event parter Tech Entrepreneur Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’.
Profile Photo Stephen Gugu (moderator), Viktoria Ventures

15:30 Network Break
16:00 Special announcements
16:10 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
6 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent pitching on stage, all looking to raise their Series A round between $250K and $5M. More information about the selected companies here
SnapnSave South Africa
7keema Egypt
CredPal Nigeria
VRapeutic Egypt
FinChatBot South Africa
buseet Egypt
Investor judges:
Profile Photo Martin Karanja, GSMA
Profile Photo Yemi Keri, Rising Tide Africa
Profile Photo Philip Kiracofe, Startupbootcamp AfriTech
17:00 Parallel sessions
VC4A Venture Showcase – Investor deep dive sessions
Got sparked by one of the pitches? This is your chance as an investor to engage with the founders and get a better sense on the business they are building in 6 separate breakaway sessions.


Research roundtable
Letting the data speak
Fact-based research and access to reliable data are key to any investment decision and important building blocks of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join leading research practitioners and learn from their main findings and insights.
Profile Photo Alexia Alexandropoulou, AVCA
Profile Photo Dario Giuliani, Briter Bridges
Profile Photo Chris Greenwood, The Baobab Network
Profile Photo Tom Jackson, Disrupt Africa
Profile Photo Martin Karanja, GSMA
Profile Photo Gabriella Mulligan, Disrupt Africa
Profile Photo Michelle Yorke, ANDE
Profile Photo Thomas van Halen (moderator), VC4A

17:50 Closing ceremony
Profile Photo Ben White, VC4A
Profile Photo Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
18:00 Rooftop dinner and party at Nasdak Rooftop Venue (26th floor, Media24 Centre, 40 Heerengracht Street) hosted by Naspers.


The tour is organised in partnership with our event partner UK SA Tech Hub and can be booked at an additional cost of $50:
register here.

Cape Town has been recognized globally as an emerging global entrepreneurial hub, due to it’s vibrant startup community and innovative spirit. The greater Cape Town area is home to many accelerator programs, co-working spaces and global tech businesses, serving markets across the continent and globe.

This tour aims to give you a great introduction to the ecosystem, access to the entrepreneurs and leaders building the sector, and you’ll spend the day being hosted by industry experts who are embedded in the community.

10:00 Meet at InnerCity Ideas Cartel, De Waterkant for morning coffee
10:30 Overview of the Startupbootcamp AfriTech accelerator and their track record of supporting over 30 early-stage African tech start-ups
11:15 Panel Discussion: “The changing space for female founders and investors in Africa” by Lorna McLaren, SpoonMoney; Sylvia Klopper, CareChamp; and Lauren Dallas, Future Females
12:00 Depart for Yoco
12:15 Overview of the Yoco business, products and innovations – one of the largest, and fastest growing fintech’s in South Africa
13:00 Lunch on the Yoco roof deck
13:30 Depart for Savant
14:00 Overview of technology incubator Savant and some of their recently funded innovations. Savant, which recently received funding from the SA SME fund, is one of the few hardware and product innovation and commercialisation specialists
14:45 Depart for Groot Constantia
15:30 Chocolate & Wine Tasting at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. There will be non-alcoholic options available and feel free to wander around the farm
16:30 Depart for the CBD
17:00 Drop off at The Stay Easy Hotel, City Centre and the Inner City Ideas Cartel, De Waterkant

Tour Includes:
• Transport between venues on a luxury, air-conditioned coach
• Tea or coffee on arrival at InnerCity Ideas Cartel
• Mineral water and fruit to snack on in the coach
• Healthy packed lunch with locally sourced produce
• Networking drinks

Limited seats available, secure your seat(s) now.

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Fund manager training

Are you a new fund manager or (seriously) thinking about launching a fund? Join the First-Time Fund Manager Workshop during the #AESIS2019 Academy Day November 13.

At #AESIS2019 we are proud to announce a 1-day Fund Manager Workshop targeting first-time and aspiring fund managers. This new learning track complements the existing learning track for angel investors that will run in parallel on the same day. It takes place on Wednesday November 13th and is offered by the AfDB and delivered by JE Austin and Valhalla Capital Management in partnership with AfriLabs. The workshop will run the full day and consist of a series of interactive sessions on the essential aspects of fund management.

Supporting partners

In good company


4Di Capital
800 ventures
African Development Bank
African Diaspora Network
Africatech Ventures
AHL Venture Partners
Algebra Ventures
Angelhub Ventures
Anges Quebec
Benin Business Angels
Blue Haven Initiative
Brooklyn Ventures
Cactus Advisors
Cairo Angels
Clifftop Colony
Compass VC
Congo Business Angels
CRE Ventures
Dakar Network Angels
Dazzle Angels
Earth Capital
Enza Capital
eVA Fund
Glo Ventures
Global Innovation Fund
Global Partnerships
Greentec Capital
Hlayisani Capital
Horizen Ventures
Innovation Edge
Intelligent Capital
Investment One
iungo Capital
Jozi Angels
Knife Capital
Kuria Capital
Kuwekeza Holdings
Lagos Angel Network
Maine Venture Fund
Mercy Corps
Movement Capital
Neon Ventures
Newtown Partners
Orange Digital Ventures
Pepperfield Ventures
Quona Capital
Rising Tide Africa
Samurai Incubate Africa
Sanaga Ventures
Shell Foundation
Silvertree Internet Holdings
Singularity Invest
Small Foundation
SSE Angel Network
Starttech Ventures
Tanzania Angel Investors Network
Team Africa Ventures
Teranga Capital
Unconventional Capital
Valhalla Capital
Ventures Platform
Village Capital
 Zephyr Acorn

Ecosystem and media partners

Africa Capital Digest
Briter Bridges
Business Insider
Disrupt Africa
Fast Company
JE Austin
Silicon Cape

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